Wednesday January 4, 2017

New journal showcases research, best practices in college personnel field

By Maureen Schlangen

With a mix of research, commentary and critique, a new peer-reviewed open-access journal published on the University of Dayton’s institutional repository will provide insights, discoveries and best practices in student personnel administration and educational leadership.

“The ultimate goal is disseminating knowledge about innovative initiatives, best practices and research studies that are making a difference in the student affairs profession,” said Nasser A. Razek, editor of the Journal of Research, Assessment, and Practice in Higher Education, the biannual journal of the Ohio College Personnel Association. “The journal especially encourages manuscripts that are unconventional in nature, engaging the readers in practical and methodological extensions that would transform institutions, inspire colleagues and engage campus beyond the traditional boundaries of the student affairs profession.”

Razek, an assistant professor of higher education administration at the University of Akron and an OCPA board member, said the journal welcomes original research manuscripts; evaluations of best practice endeavors; theory-grounded assessment reports of emerging initiatives; and book reviews. A special section will be devoted to research by graduate students.

The first issue, made freely available on eCommons Nov.  28 to anyone worldwide with access to the Internet, is the Proceedings of the 2016 OCPA Annual Conference Jan. 20-21 in Worthington, Ohio.

— Maureen Schlangen, e-scholarship and communications manager, University Libraries

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